perceived by or affecting the senses: the sensuous qualities of music.
readily affected through the senses: a sensuous temperament.
of or pertaining to sensible objects or to the senses.

1630–40; < Latin sēnsu(s) sense + -ous

sensuously, adverb
sensuousness, sensuosity [sen-shoo-os-i-tee] , noun
antisensuous, adjective
antisensuously, adverb
antisensuousness, noun
hypersensuous, adjective
hypersensuously, adverb
hypersensuousness, noun
nonsensuous, adjective
nonsensuously, adverb
nonsensuousness, noun
subsensuous, adjective
subsensuously, adverb
subsensuousness, noun
supersensuous, adjective
supersensuously, adverb
supersensuousness, noun
unsensuous, adjective
unsensuously, adverb
unsensuousness, noun

sensual, sensuous (see synonym study at sensual).

1. See sensual. 2. feeling, sensible. 3. sentient. Unabridged
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sensuous (ˈsɛnsjʊəs)
1.  aesthetically pleasing to the senses
2.  appreciative of or moved by qualities perceived by the senses
3.  of, relating to, or derived from the senses
[C17: apparently coined by Milton to avoid the unwanted overtones of sensual; not in common use until C19: from Latin sēnsussense + -ous]

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Word Origin & History

1641, "pertaining to the senses" coined (from L. sensus) by Milton to recover the original meaning of sensual (q.v.) and avoid the lascivious connotation that the older word had acquired by Milton's day, but by 1870 sensuous, too, had begun down the same path. Rare before Coleridge popularized it (1814).
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